cape town book sale

Book Haul! Cape Town Book Sale!

Cape Town Book Sale

In case you were not aware, the Cape Town Book Sale is on this weekend at the Avenue at the V&A Waterfront. Bargain Books, Wordsworth Books, Caxton and several other vendors all offering a wide range of books on sale. I visited the sale yesterday, so I decided to do a book haul! Tickets are R25 and there are special, early-bird tickets available that let you in before everyone else.

There were very long queues to pay for your books (some people were purchasing trolleys full of books and if I had the bank balance I would have been one of those people). It’s best to go early, rather than late. I’d also suggest picking up books you’re unsure of and putting them down later, because you probably won’t find them again if you try to go back for that book. There were a LOT of people and the space is rather small, so be prepared for crowds.

cape town book sale


What I bought

I picked up 13 different books. Some are nonfiction, science-fiction, young adult and even some literary fiction. There are books for every type of reader and many of these books were ones that I planned on getting before but hadn’t purchased because of the price. I didn’t keep track perfectly, I spent approximately R500 to get all of the above books so it was definitely worth it! I thought I’d list all of the books and why I picked them up!


If you’ve been following my goodreads or noticed some of my reviews, you might have picked up that I’ve been reading a lot more nonfiction this year. So I was happy to get more at this sale.

The two nonfiction books that I am most excited about are these two little books from The School of Life. The School of Life is one of my favourite informational YouTube channels. Their videos are so insightful and have taught me a lot about navigating life as a young adult. I knew that they sold books, but I had no idea their books were available in South Africa**. I initially thought they were R50 each, but when I got to the cashier I was so happy to discover they were only R20 each. If I’d known that they were R20, I would have bought more of them. I chose How to Develop Emotional Health by Oliver James and How to Deal with Adversity by Christopher Hamilton. Besides, look how cute they are:

school of life books


The next nonfiction book I picked up was Yes Please by Amy Poehler. I’m not a massive fan of her, but there was a lot of buzz around this book last year. I picked it up so I can see what all the fuss is about!

why information growsThe last nonfiction book I got was a pure cover buy. I rarely do cover buys, but when I saw this book I had to get it. It’s called Why Information Grows by César Hidalgo and seems to be an interdisciplinary look at economics. I’m not really interested in economics (like, at all) but the combination of economics and physics sounds like it will be really useful for me to read.


Young Adult

I have been dying to read some good YA fiction for a while now. Whenever I’m in a reading slump, I know I can go over to YA and find something that I’m going to read and love. So I picked up five YA books. Most of these were books that I’d seen in stores or had seen people talking about and wanted to read, so I’m not going to go into detail about each of them.

Fly on the Wall by E. Lockhart. E. Lockhart’s books are a hit-or-miss for me, and I hadn’t heard much of this one, so I’m hoping it will be good. There were a few other E. Lockhart books and I kind of regret not getting all of the ones I don’t have…

The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness. This has been on my to-buy list for too long. Now I finally have it and I can finally read it.

A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray. I’m really curious about this one.

I Love I Hate I Miss My Sister by Amélie Sarn, and translated by Y. Maudet. I wanted to read it was because it’s about a pair of Muslim sisters, and it’s so rare to find books with Muslim characters. I am a bit wary of it, since I’m not sure if the author is Muslim herself and non-Muslim authors are often guilty of portraying our characters poorly when they do attempt it. This is definitely a book I’ll be giving more feedback on.

The last YA book I got is The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I cannot explain how long I have wanted to read this book, but, up until yesterday I had never seen it in a bookstore. This book got so much praise and is so widely referenced in YA circles, that I absolutely had to get it.

book haul

Everything else

I’d seen Nevernight by Jay Kristoff all over bookstagram and, since I like fantasy, I decided to get it. It has assassins – need I say more?

Dark Matter by Blake Crouch is an absolutely gorgeous book in terms of aesthetics. The cover and page edges are completely red. It’s about physics (sensing a pattern here with some of the books I picked up at the sale), is a science-fiction thriller, and Damien from Lotus Book Blog said it’s good.

Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov. Now, a little-known fact about me is that I am a major Isaac Asimov fangirl based on his short stories, essays and life. I’ve recently read the first Foundation book and then fate had the 2nd book lying right at the pay point for Wordsworth Books. And it matches.


The last book that I got was The Pearl by John Steinbeck. When I was a kid, my mom was teaching English and this was one of the setworks she taught. Even though I was annoyingly precocious, I wasn’t old enough to read The Pearl or appreciate it, but it stuck in my head. I found a pretty edition at the sale and went with it.


What should I read first?

That’s the real question! If you’ve read any of the above books, please let me know in the comments what you thought of it! I can’t quite decide where to start. Did you attend the Cape Town Book Sale? Was it worth it for you? So many of my fellow local books bloggers are sharing their Cape Town Book Sale hauls and it makes me so happy!

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Happy reading!

xx Munira

**If anyone would like to get me more of these books, I wouldn’t say no.


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